Lottsa Time

It happened. No exaggeration. I was sitting in the waiting room waiting for my brakes to be fixed when he walked in. A short, slightly built man maybe about 50 years old. Dusty, well-worn clothing hinted he may have been a construction worker. Moments later the service manager  asked him when he wanted his truck repaired. Waving his arms excitedly his voice boomed around the room in a distinct Italian accent, “I gotta lottsa time. I gotta lottsa time." He blurted this over and over.

Then brazenly, with arms still waving, he walked to where I was sitting. Looking me in the eye he continued his charade, “I gotta lottsa time. I gotta lotsa time." He said nothing else.

Chuckling, I stammered something like, “You’re a lucky man. Everybody else is in a mad rush.” He then wandered over to another waiting customer.

Quickly my thoughts drifted to the last words Jesus said in the Book of Revelation, “Behold, I am coming soon.” Not once.  Three times. And they echo down to us through the centuries. The meaning in the original Greek is that when he returns it will be “quickly” or “without unnecessary delay.”  It could happen anytime at any given moment. Totally unexpected, it will be like a thief coming in the night. And as instantaneous as lightning flashing from one end of the sky to the other.

So I wondered, does the little man really have lottsa time? Do we?

Right then and there I decided to change my next Sunday sermon. After sharing the story of what happened I challenged our folks with the question, "Are You Ready?" And I'd like to challenge you as well. When was the last time you questioned yourself about being ready for the return of Jesus? Or heard a message? Or gave it some thought? Be honest and consider this.

His Second Coming will be the most spectacular event in history. John gives us this preview in the book of Revelation.

He will be riding a white horse on clouds of glory.
His eyes will be like blazing fire and many crowns will be on His head.
The armies of heaven will be following Him.
With a sharp sword He will strike down His enemies.

The first time, He came as a baby in a manger to save the world. The second, he will come as King of Kings and Lord of Lords riding on the clouds of glory. News like this should rock the world and be on the front page of every newspaper. It should be more significant than the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards or the latest blockbuster film. But it isn't. Naysayers reject and scoff at it. And many churches only give it passing notice.

Are you aware that for every prophecy in the Old Testament referring to his birth, there are eight predicting his return? If he really came on the first Christmas he is definitely going to come again to judge the world, establish his kingdom and usher in the millennium.

This is why he emphasizes, not once but three times, in the Bible's last chapter that he is coming soon. 

The compelling challenge is are you ready?


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